HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBS) — Police are searching Scott Dekraai’s Huntington Beach home for clues and evidence following a shooting rampage he’s accused of being behind at the salon in Seal Beach where his ex-wife reportedly worked.
Officials are talking to friends and neighbors looking for his possible motive for shooting nine people, and killing eight of them.
The final shooting victim is in critical condition at a hospital in Long Beach.
Juan Fernandez, reporting for KCAL9 news, spoke to neighbors who described Dekraai as a good man — loving father and good neighbor and devoted husband. An “extremely shocked” Stephanie Malchow described him as “super friendly.”
His ex-wife’s co-workers, however, painted a different picture and told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler that she was afraid of him, that he threatened her with guns in the past and that she had a restraining order against him.
Reportedly, the two were in the midst of a bitter custody fight over the couple’s son, Nicolas. She wanted to spend more time with her son.
Fernandez reported from outside the home where Dekraai now lives with his third wife, Mindy.
He reported that Dekraai is 42, has no criminal history and neighbors are shocked that he would snap.
He declared bankruptcy is 1994. Dekraai also reportedly lost a leg in a tug boat accident in 2004.
It is unclear is second wife Michelle is among the dead or the lone survivor of the carnage.